Sunday 23 July 2017

Junk-food junkies have standards, too

Fast food has never been treated with the seriousness it deserves by upmarket food writers. Restaurant critics invariably ignore curry houses, burger joints, takeaway outlets and assorted other greasy spoons in favour of more self-consciously salubrious establishments.

However, the size of the gap which this dereliction of duty leaves in the food-reviewing market was highlighted last week by the revelation that the website of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland has become one of the country's most popular restaurant guides.

The website lists eateries that have been censured and, in some cases, closed for food-safety breaches by inspectors. More than 14,000 people now visit the site every month, presumably using it as an early warning system. Even junk-food junkies have their standards.

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